iiec name


South Africa

Service Area

Market Transformation, Energy Efficiency, Training & Capacity Building

Project Title

Energy Efficient Lighting Project




Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment

Project Funding Agency

Department for International Development (DFID), U.K.

Project Duration

Start Date

September 2010

Scheduled Completion


Project Description and Summary of Services






The supply and demand scenarios in the Malawi Electricity Sector show a trend of significant capacity shortage due to an increase in demand averaging 7% per year. Currently the system average peak load is around 295 MW, while the available capacity is around 255 MW which equates to a power shortage of 14%. In addition, there are around 13,000 customers waiting to be connected and ESCOM estimates the total demand to be around 334 MW. Load shedding and power outages are used extensively to ration power. The Program involves the distribution of 2 Million CFLs nationwide covering all customer sectors. The residential customers, small enterprises and public buildings will involve the direct replacement of existing Incandescent Bulbs (IBs) with CFLs free-of-charge. The commercial and industrial customers would have the option of purchasing CFLs at subsidised prices via retail outlets.

IIEC performed the tasks as follows:

  • Detailed Program Design
  • Technical specifications and bidding documents
  • Bid evaluation, contract negotiations and contract award
  • Implementation assistance - marketing program, monitoring & evaluation
  • Capacity building of utility and energy staff in program management
  • Design of Revolving Fund
  • Design of follow-on DSM program – EE lighting retrofits in government buildings
  • Development of IB Phase-out policy and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for CFLs

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